Governor Signs Bill Transferring Shinnecock Dock from County to Town

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The sun sets over commercial fishing docks in Shinnecock. Gianna Volpe photo

State lawmakers last week announced that legislation authorizing a transfer of a portion of Suffolk County parkland, referred to as the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock, to the Town of Southampton had been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

According to New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, the legislation — required because the dock is on parkland — was sponsored by both state officials, with the aid of Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, who worked in the legislature to help make the transfer a reality. The dock, home to the town’s commercial fishing fleet, is in poor shape, said Mr. Thiele and Mr. LaValle, and is costly for the county to maintain.

“I was pleased to work with Senator LaValle in helping Legislator Fleming with this transfer of Suffolk County parkland to Southampton Town, and I am thrilled that the governor signed our bill into Law,” said Mr. Thiele. “The Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock is a critical resource in this town and in need of repair. This transfer will protect county taxpayers from covering capital repair costs while allowing the town to make dock improvements that will better serve the thriving fishing industry.”

“I am pleased that the property transfer legislation that Assemblyman Thiele and I sponsored has now become law,” said Mr. LaValle. “It will enable necessary improvements to be made to the Shinnecock Commercial Dock so that both recreational and commercial uses can continue. With the park soon to be operated and maintained by the Town of Southampton, fishing will remain the great tradition that it is on the East End.”

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